After beginning his career as a professional soccer player, Richard Lopez spent time as a fitness model before settling into life as a personal trainer. Holding a degree in kinesiology, Sandy Lopez put her education to use while winning the title of Miss California, competing for the title of Miss Galaxy, and recommending workouts on Good Morning America. The two now combine forces at Club Fitness Addiction, where they help clients and members sculpt new physiques through a robust selection of classes and services.
Within their 8,000 sq. ft. facility, classes ranging from ballet barre and Pilates to spinning sessions help exercisers immolate calories in a supportive group setting. Members don’t have to wait for class times to hit the gym, instead making use of the ample exercise equipment whenever it suits their schedule. The gym is also equipped with a hair salon, day spa, massage therapist, and free wi-fi, making it a one-stop shop for physical needs such as downloading a new skill into one’s brain.
Fitness expert Christina Lucy founded Code Pink Boot Camp and has since expanded her fitness program into numerous locations throughout the western United States. Each of the trainers working for Code Pink claims extensive training and accredited certifications in the industry, and must undergo a strict audition to demonstrate their fitness prowess and knowledge of how many annual budgets each U.S. president could bench-press. With a schedule that includes several sessions throughout the weekday, the classes accommodate clients with varying schedules. During each session, instructors guide participants through high-intensity exercises that aim to incinerate fat, tone torsos, and improve overall well-being. The program caters to women of all ages and fitness levels and stresses safety, fun, and perseverance.
The personal trainers at Evolve Gym spend less time roaming a huge gym facility and more time helping members achieve their fitness goals. That's because Evolve isn't a sprawling treadmill bank, but instead a private personal-training gym where trainers work one-on-one with members. Though modern exercise machines and free weights fill each room, the trainers, not the equipment, direct every workout session while following each member's custom workout plan. To help members reach their health and physical goals, staff nutrition counselors concoct personalized meal plans, fitness instructors lead group yoga and cardio classes, and airbrush-tan artists bestow bods with beach glows that mimic the results of hours spent laying on a beach or several minutes spent bear-hugging the sun.
Gondoliers bedecked in striped shirts nurture romance while serenading guests during languid gondola rides along Huntington Harbour's lush waterways. Equipped with 13-foot oars, Sunset Gondola—led by Bepi, the 2012 U.S. Gondola Nationals winner—features authentic Venetian vehicles that stretch 37 feet from end to end. While some packages come with amenities such as chocolate-covered strawberries, guests are encouraged to bring along their own snacks and beverages. Gondola rides are also available for special occasions, including proposals, wedding ceremonies, and mustache debuts.
Enthusiastic instructors at OEX Sunset Beach invite beginning and experienced adventurers into the cerulean waters of the Pacific Ocean. The outpost is an offshoot of the original OEX center in La Jolla, which began as a kayaking and freediving center but has since branched out to include standup paddleboarding and poker tournaments with local sea bass. Staff members happily help guests get fitted with the perfect-size gear and lend basic safety tips before their expeditions over and under the blue bay waters.
Using a wide range of fitness strategies, Thomas Tadlock knows how to achieve desired results. During his Express Results boot camp, participants burn calories while bouncing from spring-loaded floors, vaults, and trampolines. They also tame balance beams and utilize other gymnastics equipment over the course of the one-hour, high-energy sessions. To assist those that can’t attend his classes, he offers Skype training programs and DVD courses, as well as an MP3 coaching system.